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Consolidating itunes files

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Digital music files may have one of the following file extensions: ". Or you can allow i Tunes to copy your files and then manually delete them from the original location.Or you can keep two copies of each digital music file.

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On the Advanced tab, look in the box under "i Tunes Media folder location" for the location of your i Tunes Media folder.i Tunes uses i Tunes library files and your i Tunes Media folder to organize and store your media.Your i Tunes library files track the media you add to i Tunes, how you've organized it, and other information such as playlists.When you first install and set up i Tunes, it may automatically search for your digital music files and add them to the i Tunes library. If you allow this, there will be two copies of each of your digital music files on your PC, doubling the amount of memory your files take up.If i Tunes is already installed, you will have to transfer your music manually. If you don't know where they are, double-click on "My Computer" and search for digital music files. You can decide to leave your digital music files where they are and i Tunes will be able to play them.A quick look at the folder sizes inside my Mac Book hard drive shows that the i Tunes folder occupies a large area on that near-full storage space.

To regain some room to breathe, I decided to move my collections to an external drive.

To change the location, click the Change button and enter a new location.

After you change the location of the folder, existing files won't be moved unless you consolidate your files.

After asking around and browsing the net, I found several ways to achieve this goal; from the easiest – almost automatic – way, to the script-compiling complicated way.

In the end, I picked the easiest and most obvious way: the i Tunes way.

In 2007, nearly four years after the Music Store launch, Steve Jobs wrote “Thoughts On Music”, in which he called upon record labels to abandon the DRM strategy:“Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats.